Tom Coughlin announced that today, and Jacobs will have the procedure done next week. The Giants have not decided if they will put Jacobs on injured reserve.

“That decision will probably come later in the week if we thought we needed another player to come up to substantiate the roster,” Tom Coughlin said.

Jacobs has been bothered by a knee injury for several weeks, but Coughlin said it was “not to the extent that he would have to have the scope.” An examination yesterday revealed the need for the procedure.

Jacobs finishes the season with 835 yards on 224 carries and had just 1 yard on six carries Sunday against the Panthers. He noted that his knee stiffened up on him while he was on the sideline Sunday, and he had x-rays performed during the game.

After two straight years of over 1,000 rushing yards and an average of 5.0 yards per carry in each of those two seasons, Jacobs’ average fell to 3.7 yards per carry this season and many observed him running more tentatively. At 6-4, 264 pounds, Jacobs had a reputation as a straight-ahead bull rusher.

In fact, his most dynamic play this season was on a 74-yard touchdown reception against the Cowboys in which he caught a swing pass and took it up the sideline with impressive speed.

As for the knee slowing down his production, Coughlin said he wasn’t certain it played a role.

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“I think Brandon has always had some issues that he’s had to deal with, but to that extent I’m not sure,” Coughlin said. “He wouldn’t use it as an excuse and I won’t either.”

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